Sunday, June 7, 2009

Fish Story

So I was standing in line to buy fish at the Farmers' Market yesterday--by the way, if you haven't tried the fish at the Saturday Pasadena Farmers' Market you're missing out. It's the freshest. And we love sisters Marilyn and Eileen and their friend Juan, who sell us delicious fish every week. The halibut is incredible--but I'm getting off track.
Where was I? Yes. So. I was standing in line to buy fish and I heard Pachelbel's Canon in D MajorPachelbel's Canon is popular. It's not unusual to hear it at the grocery store or on the radio. Everyone's heard it, it's the 17th Century's answer to Stairway to Heaven, or it would be, if such a thing were possible. But I'm not here to talk about time travel. And anyway, I usually hear the banjo guy or the zither man or the man who sings the Mexican folk songs. It is unusual to hear Pachelbel at the Farmers' Market while waiting in line for fish.

So. There were these two guys. Young. Dillon and Graeme. Or Graeme and Dillon, I'm not sure which is which and I didn't interrupt them to ask. They stood in the parking lot playing their violins for a small but rapt audience. I grabbed a business card that said "classical-contemporary-fiddle/violin duet for any occasion....especially YOUR occasion." You can email them at scran7 (at) att (dot) net (I got their permission to post it). 

These enterprising boys sounded pretty good with the Pachelbel and I wouldn't be surprised if they could give you some Page & Plant if you asked for it. (I can't guarantee that and I didn't ask, but Jimmy was known to play his guitar with a bow, so why not?)

I lost my place in line. But I went back and waited. It was worth it. I got the picture, and the last pound of halibut.

18 comments:

Cafe Pasadena said...

Dylan & Graeme were at the Sat farmers mkt?! Sounds like the music has reached new heights since I was last there!
If I were there I coulda sat in with them by singing a few barks.

Shell Sherree said...

And they are so young ~ bless them for getting out and about and making a name for themselves already. I'd happily lose my spot in the queue, too.

Dina said...

Lucky you. Pachelbel AND halibut. Who could ask for anything more?

Laurie said...

I was a bridesmaid in two weddings that each had Pachelbel's Canon during the ceremony -- all 18 minutes. Each time I had to stifle a giggle as we all stood at the front waiting for the bride, and that music just kept playing and playing and playing and playing...

lynn said...

How marvellous, Petrea.

Petrea said...

No live animals allowed at the Farmers' Market, Cafe. Now I know why.

I thought the same, Shell. Summer school funding is cancelled in California and a lot of kids may be at odds as to what to do. Not these guys. Even if they don't get a single gig, they'll perfect their skills and make money. It's good practice, and that open violin case on the ground was filling up with dollar bills.

Dina, I could ask for a glass of pinot grigiot but would I be greedy?

Lynn, you'd have loved it.

Laurie, that song does go on. But even though I'm not a musician I can see how one could easily cut it where one wanted to.

altadenahiker said...

Darn, the one Saturday I didn't go. (I like the copper river salmon -- when I'm feeling rich.)

Pascal Jim said...

A delightful story, lets hope they appear often at the F.M.

Ms M said...

Wonderful story and great that they are out there performing. I hope they continue.

toast said...

What a great little encounter with young, aspiring musicians. Markets are always wonderful, but I would imagine that having live music would enhance the experience. Those clouds in the distance look ominous, though!

Jacob said...

How interesting. And coincidentally, several people have posted musicians on their blogs today.

It's a musical Sunday!

Petrea said...

Hiker, you must go early. I never see you there. I'm usually late enough for the bread specials.

I wish the boys success. There are other musicians at the market, too. I like the zither man, and Ben featured the man who sings the Mexican folk songs; I really enjoy him. I'd link you to it but tonight I just finished crafting my first PC-free post and I'm worn out. I'm very proud of myself and I love my new Mac, but iPhoto is going to take some getting used to!

ccna said...

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ccent

Jenny said...

My husband and I were enjoying them on Saturday, as well. I commented that it was such a nice addition to the market.... and, I have to admit, a big improvement over the guy playing the drums and burning sage. And with the way it was so overcast and atmospheric on Saturday morning, we felt like we were in Portland, OR or something!

We picked up some excellent cherries, white corn, and nectarines.

Petrea said...

Thanks, ccna.

Jenny, I got cherries, too. They're perfect right now. I can't stop eating them.

Linda Dove said...

it's the 17th Century's answer to Stairway to Heaven

Fantastic line.

I wonder if I can hire these guys to play "Happy Birthday" at my daughter's party in August. Might be fun!

Bec said...

A near miss - who knew we were all at the same farmer's market on Saturday? I also like La Canada on Saturday morning so I don't always make it to this one. And, my cherries have been devoured.

Petrea said...

I'm glad you like the line, LInda. I wonder if these boys ever heard of the Zep? But surely...
Your daughter would love them, of course!

Bec., we're still working on ours. But I got two baskets.